Sun and Natural Beauty at Sandos San Blas
Situated at the very bottom of Tenerife next to the sleepy fishing village of Los Abrigos you'll find Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf. A 5 star all-inclusive hotel complex with a very typical Canary Island style of terracotta buildings that sweep around the central pools which flow right down to the beach front. Sat within the local nature reserve there's elements of nature running through this resort, from native trees & cactis adorning the pools & bars, a giant living roof above the main restaurant and nature inspired soft furnishings in all of the suites & bedrooms. Guests of the hotel can access the the nature reserve for free along with visiting the hotels onsite museum filled with genuine artefacts & fossils found within the park, the nature reserve is open to the public however their is a fee to enter if you're not staying with Sandos San Blas. We lost 2 full afternoons in the reserve and still only scratched the surface, it's definitely worth an explore if you're in the area, especially if you're staying in the hotel.
Most rooms come with a sea view due to the positioning of hotel, however some rooms do come with better views and gigantic balconies so if a sea view is something at the top of your list it's worth plumping that bit extra for. The rooms are very plush with an open living style with a big bathroom visible throughout the room, however you can pull shutters across if you wanted more privacy. The bathrooms come complete with both shower & jacuzzi bath, and his & her sinks for that touch of luxury. There's tea & coffee making facilities along with a reasonable size fridge too.
There's 2 restaurants to choose from, the main restaurant which operates a buffet option for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and La Proa, a gourmet Mediterranean restaurant which you can visit once per week during your stay for a 3 course meal served in a beautiful fine dining style. La Proa is also available to the public, boasting to be one of the very best restaurants south of the island - something that we can vouch for after visiting twice during our stay last June, enjoying incredible food on both occasions. The buffet restaurant is set up with a central kitchen / buffet area, with several mini restaurants to sit in around the edge, giving you the feeling that the hotel is much more intimate than it truly is. The restaurant rooms were also split into two sections, meaning all the rooms on the right were family friendly, whilst the ones on the left were solely adult only. The food selections were vast with a pasta station and customisable pizza section, fresh fish & seafood served daily, typical Spanish delicacies such as padron peppers, canarian potatoes, paella and croquettes, and extra dishes each night depending on that days theme. The desserts were some of the best we've ever had on an all inclusive stay and with breakfast serving up unlimited Buck's Fizz & smoked salmon we started the day the right way!
The drink selection is pretty big allowing you to choose from soft drinks, slushies, cocktails, beers, sangria, wine, gin & tonic and all your fave spirits. There's also multiple brands to choose from in the spirits without having to payout extra for, allowing you to choose from Larios, Gordon's and Beefeater gin for example, and then a few more top brand premium choices available for an extra supplement. There's plenty of bars to choose from both during the day and in the evening meaning you never struggle to get a table regardless of what time you head for a drink.
There's 6 pools on site, 2 of which are adults only (one at the top of the resort giving you incredible views of the whole complex all the way to sea, and one right at the bottom tucked away behind the gourmet restaurant giving you a complete hideaway from the rest of the resort) and 4 family pools of varying sizes and depths. There's also a boating lake, a rock climbing wall, a volley ball court and various pool & tennis tables meaning there's always something to do if you didn't fancy lazing round in the sun all day.
If you walk out of the hotel and walk along the shore you'll reach the incredibly cute fishing town of Los Abrigos which is filled with restaurants along the front offering up the freshest seafood. You can also get a free shuttle bus from the hotel to take you into the bigger neighbouring towns of Los Americas and Los Christianos for shopping and a bigger selection of cafes, restaurants & bars. Pro tip: if you head to Los Americas take a trip along the beach where you'll find the best mojitos being served from a solar panelled pop up bar served right on the sea front. You can go for a standard mojito or choose to have fresh fruit pulped straight into your drink for something a bit different.
We'd happily stay at Sandos San Blas again and will be checking out their other resorts throughout Europe & Mexico!